About Jeb Hensarling

A recognized conservative leader in Congress dedicated to promoting economic oppor­tunity, individual liberty, and religious freedom – Jeb Hensarling proudly represents the 5th Con­gre­ssional District of Texas.

Throughout his career, Jeb has stood strong in defending and advancing free market principles – even if it meant taking on the leaders of the Republican Party. He has been recognized as one of the key leaders in the efforts to abolish spending earmarks and to oppose the taxpayer-funded bank bailouts.

Through the years, Jeb has been chosen by his congressional col­leagues to serve in a number of leadership roles, including Chairman of the House Republican Conference in the 112th Congress – the fourth highest-ranking Republican official in the House; and Chairman of the Republican Study Committee in the 110th Congress – the caucus of House conservatives and the chamber’s largest member organization.

In 2013, Jeb was selected by House Republicans to serve as Chairman of the Financial Services Committee. The Committee has a wide ranging jurisdiction over key sectors of the economy such as banking, housing, securities, insurance and monetary policy. Under Jeb’s leadership, the Committee has worked to promote greater consumer choice, com­pet­itive markets, and an economy grown from Main Street up rather than Washington down.

Born in Stephenville, Texas, Jeb grew up working on his father’s poultry farm near College Station where he learned the value of hard work. His values were further solidified by Scouting where he earned the coveted rank of Eagle. Jeb earned his bachelor’s degree in economics at Texas A&M University in 1979 and went on to earn a law degree from the University of Texas. Before coming to Congress, Jeb spent ten years in private business. Jeb and his wife, Melissa are members of St. Michael and All Angels Church, and they reside in East Dallas with their children Claire and Travis.

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Party Republican

Education
Bachelor Degree in Economics - Texas A&M University
J.D. (Law) Degree - University of Texas

Family
Wife: Melissa
Children: Claire and Travis

Leadership Position in 114th Congress:
Financial Services Committee Chairman

Texas gave America the Lone Ranger, and then – because it is a generous sort of place – in 2002 it gave the country an updated version of him: Rep. Jeb Hensarling. The Republican has spent a decade riding herd on cronyists who give capitalism a bad name by giving or taking special ­government ­favors. With the coming dawn of a Republican Congress, we’re about to see if the rest of the GOP sees the wisdom of joining Mr. Hensarling’s posse. — Wall Street Journal, December 12, 2014